a question so worded as to suggest the proper or desired answer.
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How to use leading question in a sentence
I say “discuss” and “talk about,” but that really means “ask leading questions about, judiciously, when she’s receptive, lest she flee.”Carolyn Hax: How to help a teenage daughter with a chaotic friend? | Carolyn Hax | August 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Every 10 years, the National Research Council’s decadal survey raises leading questions posed in space exploration and determines what kinds of missions could answer them.
Bereft of leading questions or heavy-handed suggestions, The Truffle Hunters allows introspection and asks the viewer to come up with their own conclusions.‘The Truffle Hunters’ Will Pique Your Appetite and Push You to Dig a Little Deeper | Elissa Suh | March 5, 2021 | Eater
A carefully posed, leading question is one way to help someone that leaves the reins in the right person’s hands.Carolyn Hax: Mom married a jerk, but never let it be said that she raised one | Carolyn Hax | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The National Right to Life Committee, for example, asks the leading question “Is Abortion Safe?”Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says | Samantha Allen | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What induced you to put such a leading question to the woman, assuming the boy was at home and in bed?Trevlyn Hold | Mrs. Henry Wood
She had not intended to propound this leading question so quickly, but it came out as a natural climax to the situation.Jennie Gerhardt | Theodore Dreiser
The constitutional amendment, the state of the country, and the condition of commerce makes this the leading question of the day.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1 | Samuel J. Tilden
The chief merit of the leading question lies in the fact that it paves the way for the answer.Principles of Teaching | Adam S. Bennion
The challenging question and the leading question are closely enough allied that we may well discuss them together.Principles of Teaching | Adam S. Bennion
British Dictionary definitions for leading question
a question phrased in a manner that tends to suggest the desired answer, such as What do you think of the horrible effects of pollution?
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Cultural definitions for leading question
An unfair question that is designed to guide the respondent: “You were drunk the night of the accident, weren't you, Mr. Norris?”
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Other Idioms and Phrases with leading question
A question worded so as to elicit particular information or a particular answer, as in When are you selling the business? This example assumes that the person is going to sell the business, an action that may not have been established or revealed. This expression originated with a specific meaning in law, that is, “a question that guides a witness toward a desired answer.” In court, this practice is called leading a witness and is forbidden. [Mid-1800s]
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